Hegreness earns bronze at trials

12 years ago

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer

    In last week’s edition of the Houlton Pioneer Times, Daphne Hegreness was featured for her qualification in the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Athletics Trials for the 100- and 200-meter dashes held at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis June 29-July 1.
    She hoped to advance to the London 2012 Paralympic Games Aug. 29 through Sept. 9, but unfortunately, she will not be heading overseas this time.
    “The trials were incredible,” she said, “to be racing against some of the best athletes in the world … wow!”
    For the last two years, Hegreness has struggled with seizures and during her 200-meter race at the Paralympics Athletics Trials, a seizure came on.
    “By God alone, I finished and even managed a bronze medal, which was very exciting,” she said.
    Hegreness finished fourth in the 100-meter run, as well.
    “My times were not my best, but I did my best and I can’t complain,” Hegreness said. “Though I did not make the cut for London this summer, I am continuing to train with hopes to make the team for world’s competition in France next summer and of course, the 2016 paralympics in Rio.”
    Hegreness, daughter of Bruce and Melodee Williams of Linneus, may have lost her leg to cancer, but she is a thankful athlete.
    “I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to compete at the trials and see old friends and make many new ones,” she said. “To look back over the last few years and see where God has taken me on this journey just blows my mind.”